Lead Early Childhood & Family Learning Specialist

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



212 West 83rd Street
New York
United States



CMOM seeks a creative leader and childhood specialist to help in the vision, strategy and operations of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s early childhood initiatives and programmatic efforts. Reporting to Director of Public Programs, the Lead Early Childhood & Family Learning Specialist is a new position within CMOM’s Education Department.

As a new role in the Museum, the responsibilities of this position will roll out in two phases:

Phase 1 will encompass primarily of developing the pedagogical framework, strategies, programs and resources that align with the Museum’s upcoming early childhood exhibit, Superpowered Metropolis, and its accompanying citywide initiative.

In phase 2, this role will see the developed framework applied to Superpowered Metropolis programs. In addition, this role will support all the Museum’s early childhood programs with the goal of achieving educational quality and positive child outcomes. This may include technical assistance for Museum Educators, professional development and trainings, evaluating on- and off-site programs and other tasks as needed.

CMOM is a fun and exciting place to work with a motivated group of high-achieving and creative educators. A successful candidate has strong interpersonal skills, is energetic, organized and develops creative solutions. They can work in a fast-paced team environment and possess experience working directly with diverse families and children of all ages. Successful candidates can translate and apply research related to early brain and behavior development specifically related to executive functions.  


The Lead Early Childhood & Family Learning Specialist will work in collaboration with the CMOM Education and Exhibits teams on the upcoming exhibit Superpowered Metropolis (SPM) as well as its accompanying initiative efforts. Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

·        Advising on exhibition design and signage for SPM

·        Liaise with SPM Advisory Board

·        Conceive, implement, and manage SPM family programming series and associated lessons, workshops and family resources

·        Assist in the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision SPM educators, including scheduling and payroll

·        Maintain awareness of, and share with colleagues, the latest early childhood and child development research in the field

·        Produce and advise on research findings and publications from internal and external researchers

·        Facilitate quarterly professional development for all Museum Staff around issues concerning early childhood development, child development and the development of executive function skills

·        Collaborate in the communication of SPM Programs through the development and distribution of graphics and posters, as well as making updates to the Museum’s website and social media posts

·        Collaborate with external evaluators to design and implement research and program evaluation of SPM

·        Oversee external partnerships with research organizations and universities

·        Manage the recruitment, hiring, training of SPM research interns

·        Assist in the development, implementation, and management of early childhood programming museum-wide

·        Ensure that all early childhood programs and exhibits are aligned pedagogically, conceptually and strategically, and are of the highest in quality


·        Experience translating and applying research related to developing executive functions in children and adults and/or child development, social emotional skills preferred

·        Masters in early childhood and/or child development. Advance studies including a Doctorate degree considered.

·        Experience working directly with families and young children

·        Background work related to early childhood development, psychology, or social work; experience with underserved populations preferred

·        Proven track record of managing projects will multiple components and diverse stakeholders

·        Experience designing and facilitating arts integrated programming with families who have young children and preschool students

·        Experience designing and facilitating professional development for educators

·        Experience with data collection and program evaluation a plus

·        Experience working with a diverse group of learners, including children who have special needs

·        Experience managing a diverse cohort of educators and staff, some of whom are new to the field of early childhood

·        Able to be enthusiastic, energetic, responsible, punctual, flexible, reliable and able to work well with others in a group setting

·        Spanish-speaking preferred


·        Background checks will be completed on all employees.

·        Hours are Sunday-Thursday

·        Flexible schedule; holidays and evenings required. 


Salary commensurate with experience, benefits package will be offered.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


Please submit cover letter and resume (addressing qualification requirements) to education@cmom.org with the Subject: [First and Last Name]—Early Childhood & Family Learning Specialist.

Due to high volume of applicants, we will only contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the position, however please check your inbox and junk mail for any correspondence. The Children's Museum of Manhattan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


No phone or email inquiries, please.



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